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    wooden floor boards- converting from carpet - help please!

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    Hey -

    I live in a house which has carpets which I want to convert to wooden boards/ panals.
    Under the carpet are like composite / concreate ( it's a modern build house so no wooden floor boards under th e carpet)
    Can you tell me what I need to buy from Wickes etc to do this - for eg do I need some underlay or something for the wooden panals ?

    Thanks for the help

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    Yes you'd need an underlay or membrane.

    Check B&Q's web site, they often have How To Guides.

    Not sure if this is any help;
    wickes.co.uk/pca…ing
    good luck with the project!

    Simply underlay it as mentioned before, shouldn't be too expensive.

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    you need to make 100% sure the floor is completely level and sound.

    Underlay (the thicker the better) is a good idea as it makes things more forgiving. Are you talking about real wood flooring or laminate? I just paid someone to lay a wooden floor in my extension. Money well spent IMHO.

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    thanks for the advice - i mean laminate
    the floor underneathe is fine no issues etc - just reading on the wickes weblink about not needing a membrane fdr a subfloor - what is a subfloor?

    Also I have radiators that have a small pipe into the floor - how would I over come that ? In the carpet they cut a slit so it fits in ?

    sparkle123;7348718

    Also I have radiators that have a small pipe into the floor - how would I … Also I have radiators that have a small pipe into the floor - how would I over come that ? In the carpet they cut a slit so it fits in ?



    The instructions with the laminate will tell you how to do that.

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    sparkle123;7348718

    thanks for the advice - i mean laminate the floor underneathe is fine no … thanks for the advice - i mean laminate the floor underneathe is fine no issues ?



    How can you be sure? Is the carpet up and youve used a level all over to check?

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    well when the carpet was laid over the current floor there was no problem , and since its been covered by carpet why would there be a prob;em now ?

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    sparkle123;7348844

    well when the carpet was laid over the current floor there was no … well when the carpet was laid over the current floor there was no problem , and since its been covered by carpet why would there be a prob;em now ?



    Is your carpet rigid?

    A carpet will hide pretty much any problem. A wooden floor will do the opposite. If the floor is uneven, it (a) wont glue together properly - or more to the point will eventually break down and (b) it will bounce and clank when you walk over it.

    The floor may well be OK - but its pretty obvious you havent checked or know enough to understand why its important.

    i agree with guv we laid some over thicker underlay and the laminate is now kicking up in the areas where the floor was uneven,we are pulling it all up and putting self leveller on the floor

    have a look here ]http//ww…ng/ also check the rest of the forum out for laminate flooring ]ultimate handyman you dont have to sign up to read the forum.

    you tube as well has vids on flooring.

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    Guv is spot on. Just cos a carpet looks ok in no way signifies the floor is completely level.

    and I would avoid laminate like the plague. Its cheap for a reason (looks nasty most of the time).

    Well worth paying more for a proper wooden floor.

    you need to check the floor is level & ok if not it just a case of buying a bag of leveling compound for b&q wickes etc when you buy the floor we just finished doing our hall in oak wood flooring, also please buy the best floor you can afford coz the really cheap laminates are not good. we bought our house 2 years ago and the people we bought it from laid a really cheap laminate in the hall just before the sale to make it look better (they failed). anyway we just took it up its only 2 years old and it is scratched to pieces and looks very poor.

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    ermmm .. well I know enough that the carpet was laid a year or two ago and the floor was checked ands it was fine / ok'd for laminate, but we choose carpet at that time - and also its a laminate floor , so an underlay will be needed so that will help to even the level correct any minor probs to a point similar to carpet

    The fact that an underlay and carpet have been there for a couple of years (and despite the carpet not being ridgid???) would mean that little/no damage would of been done to the underneath in such a space of time
    And yes I do know why it's important to have an ok floor - hence me asking in the first place -
    Theres no need for the patronising - just asking for help ,

    Thanks though for yours and everyone elses advise

    dont think anyone was being patronising was just offering advice like u asked for

    Underlay doesn't just level things up, it also adds a bit of insulation against the cold and reduces noise.
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